London’s electric vehicle charging network is set for a major expansion.
It is part of the Mayor of London’s plans to make the capital city one of the world’s leading zero emission cities.
The advent of an expanded electric vehicle charging network will help to tackle the climate emergency – something the government is committed to – and the issue London has with toxic air; pollution is one of the biggest threats to public health, so this news is welcome.
Sadiq Khan is working together with both the public and private sectors to deliver electric vehicle infrastructure required in London, including commitments by businesses to transform charging provision in the capital over the next few years.
London has already made inroads with more than 20,000 electric vehicles and the continent’s largest electric bus fleet; the plan for the capital’s electric vehicle charging network builds on the rollout from Transport for London (TfL) of more than 175 rapid charge points across the city.
London is also already benefiting from its new Ultra-Low Emission Zone, which is the world’s toughest emission standard, driving down pollution in central London.
At the present time, London’s charging infrastructure is in line with the demand for electric vehicles, but the plan estimates the number of charge points needed over the next five years, in line with different scenarios regarding the growth of electric vehicles, and how these can be delivered with less subsidy and without installing points that are either outdated or underused.
Sadiq Khan commented: “We need to reject the fossil fuels of the past and embrace an electric revolution in London’s transport.
“To truly transform the quality of our air and to tackle the climate crisis, London must move away from petrol and diesel cars, with their catastrophic impact on the environment, and towards zero-emission vehicles.
“I want London to lead the world in this ambition, with all new cars and vans on London roads to meeting these standards by 2030, not 2040 as the government is proposing.
“To make this vision a reality, we must make sure all Londoners have access to the essential infrastructure required to run and maintain an electric vehicle.
“This is a massive operation and can only be achieved if the public and private sector come together to deliver London’s electric future.”